Shape shifters are born - right. But
what if science figured out a way to make the perfect shifter
and what if madmen got that knowledge and was determined to
use it for their own ends?
Cougar by Layla Chase
Kol Thorstein has taken an extended leave
from his Special Forces unit. He has been having odd black
outs and memory lapses since he was rescued from captivity.
Kol knows that if he canít control it or find the solution, he
will kicked out. Zoia Stavros is a private investigator sent
to track down a soldier that has disappeared. Zoia finds Kol
with little trouble and after meeting him begins to wonder
about the story her client gave her. Kol and Zoia figure out
his problem and almost instantly understand just how much
danger they could be in.
Cougar brings together a
highly trained Special Forces soldier and an up and coming PI
who face a problem that could get them both killed. Zoia has
a lot of experience with the post-traumatic symptoms and is
determine to help Kol. Kol is wondering if he has come down
with post-traumatic stress disorder after his release. Kola
and Zoia are wrong about the problem but together they begin
the journey to face down their enemies. Cougar
brings you right into the story and the entire book. After
finishing I was very happy to be able to go on to the next.
Ms. Chase was very successful in setting the hook and I
couldnít wait to get to Zoia and Kolís ending.
Jaguarondi by Betty Hanawa
Dylan Gomez has recently been forced out
of the Service and the Special Forces because of the blackouts
he suffers from. These blackouts are very new to him and the
worse part is he canít remember and always wakes up naked.
Today is no different, well it is a bit as he is in a cage and
a strange woman is standing over him demanding answers. Haley
Lundberg works in Wildlife Control Management and is surprised
to find a man has replaced the Jaguarondi in her cage. Haley
might be a civilian now, but for a while she was in the
service and part of an elite womanís force. Haley and Dylan
are both shocked to see him shift back and forth between a man
and a Jaguarondi - now the question is who did it and why.
Dylan is pissed and going to find out but not alone because no
way is Hayley going to let him go on his own. Such begins
their journey to danger and discovery.
has two levelheaded ex-service specialists trying to wrap
their minds around something out of fantasy. Haley knows that
she canít ignore what she has on film and besides she doesnít
want to ignore sexy Dylan anyway. Dylan is in total denial
until Haley finds a way to make him remember one of his
blackouts. Knowing that no one should every mess with free
will, Haley and Dylan are determined to locate who changed
Dylan and where it was done. I loved the full steam ahead and
donít mess with us attitude of Haley and Dylan. It was so
interesting seeing two logical people trying to put logic
towards a fantastic problem. Again Jaguarondi
pulled me in even more and I finished the story wondering
where my journey was going to take me.
Black Panther by Myla Jackson
Ramon Osceola has retreated to his island
home to bring himself back under control. He has no idea what
was done to him while being held captive, but it was enough
for the military to retire him almost immediately after his
rescue. Hannah Richards is on the run and isnít quite sure
who she is running to. Hannah is a doctor who was blackmailed
into doing scientific experiments on several men. She knows
that her reception might be deadly when she admits who she is
and what she has to offer. Ramon and Hannah connect right
away but the feelings of passion are edged with rage to begin
with. However Ramon canít turn Hannah away after he discovers
why Hannah did it. They start a dangerous trip of rescue and
Black Panther places a very
pissed panther in very close and personal contact with his
doctor. Ramon knows he was given the ability to shift into a
Panther but he isnít sure why or who exactly was behind it.
Hannah has wanted Ramon since he was one of her subjects and
now she must face his anger and request his help. Ramon and
Hannah work their way from rage and desperation into passion
while tracking down the person behind the experiments. The
emotions that were written into Black Panther
leaped off of the pages. The surprises for Ramon and Hannah
kept me turning the pages. Another wonderful story in a great
White Tiger by Delilah Devlin
Casey McTaggert is a data gatherer in a
secret government agency. She has been tracking the double
agent known as the ďTigerĒ for several years and when it
became clear he was in the US she was determine to get to
him. However she is amazed to find out that the ďTigerĒ is
actually a White tiger shifter. Khalid Razeh has been an
unknown double agent for years and has stayed out of the
states for a long time. He was held captive with several
other men, however he was the only one the group who is not
American. Khalid knows that he has to find the solution
before he is used as a scapegoat. Casey and Kahlid never
expected the passion that pulled them together. Casey knows
even better than Khalid what the danger is they are facing and
who is actually behind everything.
In White Tiger you find out
that sometimes the government can be fooled but not totally
ticked. Casey had access to enormous amounts of data that
until she meets Khalid doesnít come together in her mind.
Khalid knows his life could be in danger if he doesnít get to
the bottom of why he was changed. Casey and Khalid join
forces to solve the mystery despite the danger they both will
face. I was so happy to find that they were joined by the
others for the showdown. Casey is able to gather all the
pieces of her data together to help Khalid just when it
matters the most. Ms. Devlin took two characters that should
not have been able to come together and not only made it work,
but made it seamless.
Shadow Warrior has four
outstanding stories that intertwine so well that I actually
forgot I was reading 4 stories by different authors. I found
the entire plot line just different enough that it captured my
attention right away. I actually did not want to put it down
when I had to and picked it up as soon as I could to finish
it. There is not one story that I can say stood out to me
more than the rest, which is why I loved the entire anthology
and kept forgetting it was an anthology. My only wish was
that the ending was extended just a bit more so that I could
have seen the final showdown.
Shadow Warrior to me is a
must read and one I know I will come back to again and again.
There are very few anthologies in which I actually forget that
Iím reading a collection of stories by different authors,
Shadow Warrior is one and so well done that I not
only recommend it highly, but I Joyfully Recommend it. Enjoy
it - I know you will.